Creating a Rich Writing Environment

These tips aim to make your child’s home a place where writing is encouraged.

Have Plenty of Materials

Keep drawing and writing materials around the home – crayons, pencils, markers, paper, envelopes, labels, or dry erase boards. Also make sure you have reading materials, because reading will help your child learn new words to use when writing.

Draw and Write Together

Set aside regular time for family drawing and writing. Sit with your child and draw or write with them. Ask them to help you write a thank-you note, a birthday card or a grocery list.

Talk About It

Talk to your child about what they are drawing or writing. Ask them why the characters are doing or saying what they are and how they feel. Ask them questions that will pull out details.

Set an Example

Make sure your child sees you writing. Children are naturally curious and want to do what you are doing.

A Special Place

Use a bookshelf, drawer, basket or box to create a special place where reading, drawing and writing materials are stored – for example, in your child’s room or a kitchen drawer.